`

Youngsters find out about life on South Tyneside Council

Members of the Youth Parliament, Kieron Charlton, Ellen Smirnov and Gavin Coates with Councillors Atkinson and Kerr looking on.
Members of the Youth Parliament, Kieron Charlton, Ellen Smirnov and Gavin Coates with Councillors Atkinson and Kerr looking on.

YOUNG people were given the chance to find out what life is like for South Tyneside’s councillors and officers.

Kieron Charlton, Ellen Smirnov and Gavin Coates stepped into the shoes of Coun Joan Atkinson, deputy leader Alan Kerr and Helen Watson, corporate director for children, adults and families, during Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day.

The group were able to see how local government works by attending council meetings and briefings.

They were also encouraged to voice their opinions to help shape services that affect them.

Coun Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, said: “Takeover Day is a great way of showcasing the work of the council, and the world of work in general, and is highly effective in breaking down barriers between generations.

“This day also encourages young people to become more involved in their community and provides the council with new insights into how we can engage more effectively with young people.”

Coun Kerr said: “We find the energy and fresh perspective that these young people bring to the table incredibly valuable.

“We know from feedback that the young people themselves find the day rewarding as it allows them to go behind the scenes and see what we do as a council.”